If you’re visiting Disney soon, make sure you bring your wallet.
No matter what time of the year you plan on visiting Disney, you’re bound to experience some crowds. From EPCOT to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can always expect to run into other Guests, either in line waiting for rides like Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean or as they dine in some of the incredible restaurants found at the Orlando, Florida Resort.
Of course, holidays are going to be the busiest times to visit, and President’s Day Weekend is shaping up to be a very popular time to visit “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”
Inside the Magic previously reported on how Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have both filled up on select dates surrounding this national holiday.
Now, another popularity indicator has emerged, with Disney setting its controversial service back to its highest price ever.
To help combat the sometimes-overwhelming crowd levels, Disney offers Guests Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane. All of these services work together to help Guests wait in line as little as possible, though your results may vary.
Disney Genie+ was available for purchase on Saturday for a whopping $29 per Guest, marking the third time the service has reached this high. We saw Disney Genie+ hit this price point multiple times last year, peaking during the incredibly-busy holiday season.
Disney Genie is free, but for an extra charge, Guests can upgrade to Genie+, which allows them other access to reservation systems and the option to purchase individual Lightning Lanes for rides, essentially letting them pay to skip the standby queues. As covered by many Disney new outlets, including Inside the Magic, this system has been met with lots of frustration and criticism from new and long-time Disney Guests and fans.
Many Guests would like to see the return of the original FastPass system, which was free to all Guests.
Have you used Disney Genie+? What are your thoughts?